Posted On: 02/16/21 11:41 AM

This month we introduce our updated Class of 2021 rankings!! Rankings are subjective and ranks purely upon potential and where the player will be at their basketball peak.  Production factors in only when helping prove the potential is greater or lesser.  Why did we rank these guys?  Why are they at this spot?  Take a look at four Class of 2021 prospects and learn a little about their reputation.

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Gioppino Basketball clip art#206 Jalen QuallsJalenQualls6'2" | SGStratford | 2021StateTN (Stratford)

Jalen is a taller guard with a strong outside shooting touch.  Needs to add muscle to his frame to play at the next level.  Qualls is a strong catch-and-shoot piece at the high school level.  His handle is better than average as a Metro Nashville “2” but needs to improve through skill-work to be an asset in college.


Gioppino Basketball clip art#207 Taylor SwansonTaylorSwanson6'1" | PGRed Bank | 2021StateTN (Red Bank)

Taylor is an adept wing with some experience in the weight room.  His lower body balance is exceptional.  Every shot features a good, wide base with proper lift and elevation.  Taylor can play beyond high school, but he will need to keep adding strength because he will suffer some whacks in the lane and finishing through will make him a stronger scorer.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#208 Kareem SharifKareemSharif6'2" | CGRockvale | 2021StateTN (Rockvale)

Kareem SharifKareemSharif6'2" | CGRockvale | 2021StateTN ended a game in December with a wonderful bucket.  His strengths are length and agility.  Decent handle at the college level.  He projects as a small college off-guard.

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 Gioppino Basketball clip art#209 Scory CorreaScoryCorrea5'10" | PGLenoir City | 2021StateTN (Lenoir City)

Scory spent a lifetime at the free throw line during his first PrepHoops evaluation.  His on-ball defense was exceptional facing Sweetwater.  In one hectic stretch, Correa forced two turnovers all within the matter of 20 seconds.  He ripped one free and scored the layup.  On the next possession, Correa stole the inbounds, lost it, and then stole it back leading to another score.  His court awareness was wonderful.  In a February game against powerhouse Maryville, Correa put up 23 points with 9 assists.  He is averaging 17+ points a night.

Gioppino Basketball clip art#210 Kawika MakuaKawikaMakua6'0" | PGJefferson County | 2021StateTN (Jefferson County)

Evaluated for the first time early December against Alcoa and then again January against Greeneville (see below). Against Alcoa, “Instant offense came from Kawika.  The 2-3 zone of Jefferson County looked pretty plain, but any turnover sprung Kawika into action and the end result took the form of a silky Makua layup.”

#1 Kawika MakuaKawikaMakua6'0" | PGJefferson County | 2021StateTN (2021) – Jefferson County
Speedy.  There is certainly a need for him to handle pressure with more poise.  Makua does not have the escape-ability needed to play a quality trapping team.

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